>> welcome back, everyone. you loved him or, maybe, you hate him. few composers stir up as much emotion as richard wagner. for his admirers, he is the ultimate composer. his critics claim to much -- too much pathos, too bombastic. he is still hard to ignore, most of all in germany, where an annual festival prevents -- presents his work in one of the high society events of the year. it is the festival's 100th season. there is already controversy, and the israeli orchestra perform their for the first time earlier in the week, to the horror of many back home.